juanpabloWhen I saw The Hollywood Reporter’s headline giving ABC props for casting its first non-White Bachelor, I clicked the link to see who broke the dating colorline. But when I saw the accompanying image of Venezuelan heartthrob Juan Pablo Galavis, I thought I was being punked.

Non-White? Word?

Sure, Galavis has a Spanish surname and was raised in South America (he was born in New York), but that doesn’t mean the former professional soccer player isn’t White.

The Hollywood Reporter’s willingness to give The Bachelor kudos for finally having a non-White star (after being sued for discrimination by would-be Black bachelors), speaks to the larger issue of people continuing to confuse race and nationality (and ethnicity).

The fact that The Hollywood Reporter, and many Americans, fail realize is that one can be both Hispanic and White (or Hispanic and Black or Hispanic and Asian). One does not cancel out the other. Why? Hispanic is not a race.

It’s a fact that got lost in the muddled conversations about race during George Zimmerman’s trial for the slaying of Trayvon Martin. After being accused of racially profiling Martin, Zimmerman claimed he could not possibly be racist because as a Latino (well, half-Latino) he is a minority as well. Only Zimmerman, like Galavis, is White.

Again, having a Spanish name does not prevent one from being White. Spain is in Europe after all. And like many countries in South America, Venezuela had an influx of European immigrants in the early 20th century. Moreover,  approximately 42% of Venezuelans self-identified as White during the last census, and according to a DNA study conducted by the University of Brasilia, over 60% of Venezuelans’ DNA comes from European contribution (23% of Amerindian, 16.30% of African).

So no, The Bachelor does not get kudos for finally casting a person of color by picking a White Hispanic man, no matter how handsome.

If anything, I’m giving them the side-eye for trying to fool viewers into thinking the show was finally becoming more diverse.

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  • Tara

    I agree. We should come up with our own “flavor of love free” bachelor.

  • Tara

    At Anthony. Not all black women would be happy because he chose a black woman. A lot of us don’t care anymore. In fact, I hope that more black men marry out at like 50% rate so that black women will be forced to do the same.

    • Kay

      I wouldn’t care if a black man decided to marry white because that’s something he should decide for himself! Yet, don’t go around expecting to marry outside of your race based on lack of options. Tara if you want to marry outside of your race do it on your own not by force! How much sense does the above comment make? Love should never be forced then that wouldn’t be love! Don’t get upset because a brotha decide to marry outside his race!

  • Ok, not to make light of this or anything but I actually convulsed in laughter when I saw his picture after I read the first paragraph. I really thought that he was a guest author writing the post. SMDH.

  • Kay

    I am glad as a black woman that they are not casting our black men! Why do we need them to make us appear how the media already portray our men as uncivilized drama who can’t restrain from sexual acts with multiple women. Also, white women are in awe of black men it would be a battle field between white and black women if our bachelor were African American! I don’t find European men attractive so I am going to say they did well because he is FINE! Lol

  • Clair

    I am really more offended by the neckbeard.